Summary: This trail is described in NC Hiking Trails. With the exception of the Cat Gap By-pass, watch for this on the left about 2.5 Mi. into the hike. This will save you about 1/2 mile of needless climbing, and leads to Horse Cove where the John Rock trail turns left, and climbs steeply to the summit. Watch for the wildlife! which consist of Copper Heads & Timber Rattlers, they love to lay in the trail. The day we hiked this trail we saw none, but talked with several people who had. The trail over John Rock comes out on a large dome of barren Granite, turn to your right and descend down along the tree line to the Horse Cove connector trail, that returns to the Horse Cove Trail and the Fish Hatchery.
Trailhead: From Asheville take I-26 to Asheville Airport and junction of NC-280 turn on NC-280 continue to first red light in Brevard. Turn Right here on US-276 to junction of FSR-475 turn Left, go 2 Mi. to Pisgah Forest Fish Hatchery, turn Left cross bridge into the parking lot and park.The trailhead is located between a gated lot and the office bulding at the Right end of the bridge that crosses Grogan Creek. (Lat:35.28334 Lon:-82.79369)
Trail Guides for Cat Gap - Horse Cove Loop:
North Carolina Hiking Trails (third edition)
by Allen de Hart (Appalachain Mountain Club Books.)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Pisgah Ranger District, District Ranger, 1-828-877-3265
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Steve Owen, who has posted 11 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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